Feb 18, 2021
Who wouldn't want their home to last for as many years as possible? After all, a home is a safe place where most people live the longest. However, many people forget that our houses are held upon by their foundations, which makes the structural integrity of the house extremely important. If the foundation suffers damage, the whole structure is affected, and that’s where the underpinning process comes in. But why is underpinning so important?
Here are our top 5 reasons why you need residential underpinning!
Signs of Foundation Problems
When there are visible signs of issues with the foundation, you might need underpinning.
Some of the signs to look out for include unlevel floors, gaps appearing or getting bigger around the doors and windows, and cracks in the walls.
Subsidence is when an area of soil begins to sink and as a result, causes shifting underneath the house. This can lead to significant damage to the foundation and structural problems. Underpinning will strengthen the foundation and help combat the impact of the subsidence.
Remodelling Your Home
If you have recently remodelled your home or you're considering doing it, the house might require underpinning. That's because extra weight can stress the foundation, especially if you want to add an extra floor. If the foundation is strong, adding an additional floor will not do any damage. However, if it's already damaged and you're unaware of it, you can face serious problems. This is why underpinning is always recommended before building a new floor or doing any major remodelling.
If you are living in a place that is affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods, you are always at higher risk of having foundation problems. Your structure can be moved or require stabilisation of the foundation soils and footings. You will need underpinning to protect yourself and your home.
Structural Restoration Services offers underpinning and structural restoration services in Adelaide, South Australia. With over 35 years of experience, you can be sure you’re in good hands.